Modern Marvels: Lake Pontchartrain Causeway DVD
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- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: October 15, 2003
They stretch some 24 miles across Lake Pontchartrain. In the middle of the twin spans, the shoreline is beyond the horizon. The LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN CAUSEWAY carries some 30,000 cars a day to and from New Orleans, saving travelers a 40-mile plus journey around the shores of this inland sea.
Engineers and politicians had been dreaming of a bridge across Lake Pontchartrain for decades before the first span was erected. While earlier plans had embraced such radical ideas as creating a string of artificial islands, developments in concrete technology in the mid-'50s made it possible to string a 24-mile ribbon of roadway across the water. Within a few years, traffic was heavy enough to warrant a second causeway. Today, with traffic at an all-time high, planners are considering adding a third bridge, and many proposals, some quite radical, are competing for the public's attention.